Wood Products Council, Hiring To Push Large-Scale Wood Building

By Bill Esler | Posted: 03/06/2013 5:51PM


WASHINGTON, DC - WoodWorks, a wood construction promotional effort by the Wood Products Council, makes the case for large-scale wood construction with road shows, Wood Design Awards, resources for mass-timber building.

WoodWorks is also seeking two specialists: a Region Director for Southern California and Texas, responsible for encouraging architects, engineers and other stakeholders to use wood framing in commercial building applications; and a Technical Director, Architectural and Engineering Solutions Division, to join a team toresearch, formulate and present technical solutions in wood design to practicing Architects and Engineers on building projects with the goal of increasing the use of wood in structures in the United States.

To promote its agenda, workshops such as "Multi-story Wood-frame Structures: How to Build Bigger and Taller" are being staged by WoodWorks at locations around the U.S. Aimed at architects to drive consumption of lumber products, the seminar analyzes Type III and V building types with five or more stories of wood-frame construction under the International Building Code. An expert in wood design and engineering covers height and area provisions, including podiums and mezzanines.

Discussion also includes common detailing choices at exterior walls to accommodate fire, structural and aesthetic requirements, and methods for calculating and accommodating for shrinkage in wood buildings.

Enabling larger wood buildings are advances in cross laminated timber, which is now available in North America. WoodWorks says it has the potential to significantly change how wood is usedin buildings. WoodWorks' site links to MassTimber.com, which offers the US CLT Handbook summarizing current thinking by U.S., Canadian and European experts on cross laminated timber and reflects U.S. codes and standards, incorporating the latest research and testing. A video below on cross-laminated timber construction covers the concept of wood building construction from the point of view of architects.

At the end of January, WoodWorks announced awards for large structures, including malls, apartment buildings, and high rises, all built of wood.

 “We received more than 90 submissions from across the U.S.,” said Adrian Blocker, president and CEO of WoodWorks. “They were evaluated by a jury of architects, who had to make some very tough decisions.:

Awards were presented at the San Francisco Bay Area Wood Solutions Fair on January 29, for commercial wood design (see slides); wood design engineering; green building with wood; institutional wood design; interior beauty of wood; multi-story wood design; wood school design; and traditional wood design.

Commercial Wood Design: LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Wash.
Architect – LARGE Architecture, Los Angeles, CA
Engineer – Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Seattle, Wash.
Roof Design Engineer – Western Wood Structures, Inc., Tualatin, Ore.

Wood Design Engineering: Wawona Sculpture at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle, Wash. Artist – John Grade, Seattle; Engineer – Arup, Seattle.

Green Building with Wood: The David and Lucile Packard Foundation Company Headquarters in Los Altos, CA Architect – EHDD, San Francisco, CA Engineer – Tipping Mar, Berkeley, CA

Institutional Wood Design: Central Oregon Community College Science Center in Bend, OR; Architect – Yost Grube Hall Architecture, Portland, OR; Engineer – KPFF Consulting Engineers, Portland, OR.

Interior Beauty of Wood: University of Oregon Ford Alumni Center in Eugene, OR; Architect – Opsis Architecture, Portland, OR; Engineer – Haris Engineering, Overland Park, KA.

Multi-Story Wood Design: University of Washington West Campus Student Housing – Phase 1 in Seattle, WA; Architect – Mahlum, Seattle, WA; Engineer – Coughlin Porter Lundeen, Seattle, WA.

Wood School Design: Duke School in Durham, NC.; Architect – DTW Architects & Planners Ltd., Durham, NC. Engineer – GKC Associates, PA, Durham, NC.

Traditional Wood Design: Rio Roca Chapel in Palo Pinto County, TX; Architect – Maurice Jennings + Walter Jennings Architects, PLLC, Fayetteville, AR; Engineer – Myers-Beatty Engineering, PLLC, Van Buren, AR.

The awards recognize excellence in wood design, engineering, and construction, as well as innovative projects that showcase wood’s strength, beauty, versatility and cost effectiveness. See more photos of the winning projects at the WoodWorks website, http://woodworks.org/wood-design-awards/2013-award-winners/, along with a wide range of technical and educational resources for design and building professionals.

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Bill Esler, Woodworking Network, WMS

Bill Esler

Bill Esler, Editorial Director, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for overall content at WoodworkingNetwork.com Woodworking Network magazine, and related newsletters. Bill also manages event programs for Woodworking Network Live conferences at the Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto and Cabinets & Closets Expo. He developing audience engagement programs using custom digital printing, live lead-generating events, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. Read Bill Esler's woodworking blogs. He can be reached at besler@woodworkingnetwork.com or follow him on Google+.

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